Understanding sentences

Philosophical Investigations 23 (1):48–53 (2000)
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Doubts are raised about the claim that on mastering a finite vocabulary and a finitely stated set of rules we are prepared to understand a potential infinitude of sentences. One doubt is about understanding a potential infinitude of sentences. A second doubt is about the assumption that understanding a sentence must be a matter of figuring out its meaning from an antecedent knowledge of the meaning of its words and applying rules.



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Charles Sayward
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The Barber, Russell's Paradox, Catch-22, God, Contradiction, and More.Laurence Goldstein - 2004 - In Graham Priest, J. C. Beall & Bradley Armour-Garb (eds.), The Law of Non-Contradiction. Clarendon Press. pp. 295--313.

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